Tiffany is a (Girl Power Academy) Positive Energy Magazine “Meditation” featured recommendation:

It’s been a little while since we’ve featured our beloved Tiffany and her gentle soothing voice.  Please welcome back a true friend of a Girl Power Academy and partake in some breathing and letting go through her guidance, kindness and universal wisdoms.

The “Letting Go of Attachments” (10 minute Positive Meditation guided by Tiffany) Positive Meditation Positive Energy Magazine (audio) is being posted here for NO COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.

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Noam Chomsky speaks about Climate Change and Nuclear War; a (Girl Power Academy) recommendation

Noam Chomsky (American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, & social critic)

“Our federal government which we are responsible for is in a dramatic race towards destruction.”

Said Noam Chomsky in this May 2018 lecture. Chomsky explains how with Trump in office, the Dooms Day clock is now 2 minutes to midnight, signaling this administrations willingness to break U.S. law and International treaties thereby escalating the possibility of nuclear catastrophe. He goes on to explain how the Trump administration and majority of the republican GOP has denied climate change or ignored it as real so that now half of the republican voters deny climate change and 30% of their party refuse to admit humans are contributing to it. Chomsky explains what the 6th extinction is and how we are in it. And that it is this generation of young people that are left with the awesome responsibility of what they are going to do about it. He speaks about grassroots organizing and Bernie Sanders as an example of being able to win the most votes without taking corporate funding. Stay tuned for the brief Q & A where students ask questions, and listen to how the Koch Brothers are invested in defunding and destroying public education in order to privatize and make schools into their business model. These are the most pertinent topics we face today: nuclear war and climate change and the media is ignoring them for the most part as are our politicians leaving the future of our children and young people with one question; Will We Choose to Give Up?  In other words, will organized life save itself or go extinct in the near future?  If the majority of our current U.S. “leaders” are going to continue ignoring the problem, this places the burden squarely on our young people.  

The following lecture is a call to action: 

The Noam Chomsky “Political Awareness Committee Student Organization Presents” May 4, 2018 lecture at St. Olaf University (Live Lecture Video) is being posted here for Educational and NO COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.

Learn more from Noam Chomsky (American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, & social critic) by visiting his websitehttps://chomsky.info

Chloe and Halle are a (Girl Power Academy) music inspiration recommendation!

Chloe x Halle

I have to admit, I am soooooo much a fan grrrl of Chloe and Halle.  They make the pop songs I normally loathe not only listenable but wonderful.  They cover songs I have taken to task in the most critical manner, and not only redeem them, but expand on them.  They make the shallow deep.  They are reverent to the artists.  They are original in their interpretations and classic before their time.

Most special Thanks to Vanessa for sharing the music so I could find out about these inspiring, talented sisters. 

Sisters and actors, Chloe and Halle Bailey are also musicians whose recordings have roamed from mature acoustic pop to sparse contemporary R&B. Separately and together, the Atlanta-born, Los Angeles-based Baileys have performed in several films, including The Fighting Temptations, Last Holiday, and Joyful Noise. In 2012, they established a Disney connection with contributions to a pair of Radio Disney releases and appeared the following year on the Disney television series Austin & Ally. The show’s soundtrack, Austin & Ally: Turn It Up, featured their “Unstoppable” in 2013. That year, the duo also released Uncovered, an EP that contained elegant covers of hits by Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, and Katy Perry. They signed to Parkwood Entertainment a couple years later, after their cover of label head Beyoncé‘s “Pretty Hurts” went viral. The Baileys appeared in Beyoncé‘s visual album Lemonade, and within a week of its release, they made their Parkwood debut with the five-track Sugar Symphony EP. Its most popular cut was “Drop,” a song the Baileys wrote and produced. Later in the year, they were featured on Michelle Obama‘s charity single “This Is for My Girls” and opened for Beyoncé on European dates of the Formation world tour. The pair issued The Two of Us, a self-released mixtape, in 2017. In March, 2018, they returned with their full-length debut album The Kids Are Alright, anchored by the title track and the single “Grown.” Also included was the song “Warrior,” which appeared on the soundtrack to the fantasy-adventure film A Wrinkle in Time.” (~ Bio Sourced from All Music)

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Chloe x Halle “Pretty Hurts” (Beyonce cover song) LYRICS:

Mama said, you’re a pretty girl
What’s in your head it doesn’t matter
Brush your hair, and fix your teeth
What you wear is all that matters

Just another stage
Pageant the pain away
This time I’m gonna take the crown
Without falling down, down, down

Pretty hurts
We shine the light on whatever’s worse
Perfection is the disease of a nation
Pretty hurts, pretty hurts

Pretty hurts
We shine the light on whatever’s worse
Tryna fix something
But you can’t fix what you can’t see
It’s the soul that needs the surgery

Blonder hair, flat chest
TV says bigger is better
South Beach, sugar free
Vogue says
Thinner is better

Just another stage
Pageant the pain away
This time I’m gonna take the crown
Without falling down, down

Pretty hurts
We shine the light on whatever’s worse
Perfection is a disease of a nation
Pretty hurts, pretty hurts

pretty hurts
We shine the light on whatever’s worse
Tryna fix something
But you can’t fix what you can’t see
It’s the soul that needs the surgery

Ain’t got no doctor or therapeutic that can take the pain away
The pain’s inside
And nobody frees you from your body
It’s the soul the soul that needs surgery
It’s the soul that needs surgery
Plastic smiles and denial
Can only take you so far
And you break
When the paper signs you in the dark
You left a shattered mirror
And the shards of a beautiful girl

Pretty hurts
We shine the light on whatever’s worse
Perfection is a disease of a nation
Pretty hurts

pretty hurts
shine the light on whatever’s worse

Are you happy with yourself?
Are you happy with yourself?
Yes

Chloe and Halle “the kids are Alright” track list

So okay, you caught me… it’s true, I got not only sentimental but truly moved by the soundtrack for a Wrinkle in Time only to learn afterwards, it was Chloe and Halle moving me to tears!  I didn’t even read the books when they were popular… and only saw the film accidentally (long story) but it was an adorable movie. 

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Oh my darling I’ve been missing you for quite some time

So I’m gonna lift the oceans, just to see your eyes

I could be a warrior, yes I am a warrior

There’s no need to worry love, Look around it’s glorious

Close your eyes and taste the sun

You know where to find meeeeeeeeeee (You know where to find!) Oh my darling I am getting closer, hold on tight

And I, know it hasn’t been so easy I’m fighting for my life.. Oh I could be a warrior, yes I am a warrior

There’s no need to worry love, Look around it’s glorious

Close your eyes and taste the sun

You know where to find meeeeeeeeeeeeeeee (I know where to find!) Yooooooou

And I know where to find you Inside side the light!

Inside, side the light!
Inside, side the light!
Inside I’m alive
Inside, side the light!
Inside, side the light!
Inside, side the light!
Inside I’m alive
Inside, side the light!
Inside, side the light!

Almost there overcome my fear

I’ll save the light in our lives Just look deep inside to find you and

I Like stars in the sky will brighten the light

You know where to find me (I know where to find!) I know where to find you Inside side the light! Inside side the light! Inside I’m alive Inside side the light! Inside side the light! Inside side the light! Inside I’m alive Inside side the light! Inside side the light!

I could be a warrior, yes I am a warrior

There’s no need to worry love Look around it’s glorious

Close your eyes and taste the sun You know where to find me And I know where to find you

Songwriters: Chloe Elizabeth Bailey and Halle Lyn Bailey

Warrior Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music Inc.

Read more about Chloe and Halle here: https://www.npr.org/2018/05/06/608502361/chloe-and-halle-bailey-are-more-than-alright

the Jackson Katz “Violence Against Women; It’s A Men’s Issue” (Ted Talk) is a Girl Power Academy recommendation

Domestic violence and sexual abuse are often called “women’s issues.” But in this bold, blunt talk, Jackson Katz points out that these are intrinsically men’s issues — and shows how these violent behaviors are tied to definitions of manhood. A clarion call for us all — women and men — to call out unacceptable behavior and be leaders of change.

This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxFiDiWomen, an independent event. TED’s editors chose to feature it for you.

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For a Full Transcript is 27 languages go here: https://www.ted.com/talks/jackson_katz_violence_against_women_it_s_a_men_s_issue#t-673529

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a (Girl Power Academy)Congressional Justice Democrat Candidate featured recommendation

A Girl Power Academy is honored to feature Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as one of the most exciting and intelligent, authentic and compassionate, knowledgable and realistic, upcoming leaders in any current political race. New York is already lucky to have her.  The Hot 97 Ebro in the Morning live interview is a must see for everyone regardless of your politics.

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The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (live interview on Ebro in the Morning July 12, 2018) is being posted here for Educational and NO COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez returns to Ebro in the Morning following her historic victory to give us a more detailed look at her past, her humble beginnings as a bartender, interning for Ted Kennedy, growing up in New York City and much more. Minutes after learning about a report that Rep. Joe Crowley was considering running in November’s election as a 3rd party candidate for the Working Families Party although they had endorsed and asked for her to run on the party as well as on the democratic ticket.

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Janelle Monáe’s “Django Jane” is a (Girl Power Academy) featured recommendation:

Janelle Monae’s Django Jane

I had days that I would be deeply affected by comments that you read online, or even when you walk into a photo shoot, and someone’s like, “No, wear this. This is more appealing. This is how a woman should dress.” I never believe that. The people that I loved and respected, they play with both masculine and feminine energy all the time, and they get it on their terms. From the David Bowies, to the Prince, to the Grace Jones. I get to define who I am on my own terms, and I think when some people are in a stereotypical way of seeing beauty and seeing sexiness, it used to bother me. It doesn’t any more, but people would make comments like, “Oh, if only she would stop dressing up in those suits, she would be fine.”

A lot of guys would say that. I even got a comment like, “You take off them dumbass suits, you might be fine,” or whatever. And I’m just like, “Be quiet. I’m not for male consumption.” 

(~Janelle Monáe)

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Janelle Monáe “Django Jane” LYRICS:
[Verse]
This is my palace, champagne in my chalice
I got it all covered like a wedding band
Wondaland, so my alias is Alice
And we gon’ start a motherfuckin’ pussy riot
Or we gon’ have to put ’em on a pussy diet
Look at that, I guarantee I got ’em quiet
Look at that, I guarantee they all inspired
A-town, made it out there
Straight out of Kansas City, yeah we made it out there
Celebrated, graduated, made it pass/fail
Sassy, classy, Kool-Aid with the kale
Momma was a G, she was cleanin’ hotels
Poppa was a driver, I was workin’ retail
Kept us in the back of the store
We ain’t hidden no more, moonlit nigga, lit nigga
Already got a Oscar for the casa
Runnin’ down Grammys with the family
Prolly give a Tony to the homies
Prolly get a Emmy dedicated to the
Highly melanated, ArchAndroid orchestrated
Yeah, we highly melanated, ArchAndroid orchestrated
Yeah, Jamanati they still jammin’
Box office numbers, and they doin’ outstandin’
Runnin’ outta space in my damn bandwagon
Remember when they used to say I look too mannish
Black girl magic, y’all can’t stand it
Y’all can’t ban it, made out like a bandit
They been trying hard just to make us all vanish
I suggest they put a flag on a whole ‘nother planet
Jane Bond, never Jane Doe and I Django, never Sambo
Black and white, yeah that’s always been my camo
It’s lookin’ like y’all gon’ need some more ammo
I cut ’em off, I cut ’em off, I cut ’em off like Van Gogh
Now, pan right for the angle
I got away with murder, no scandal, cue the violins and violas
We gave you life, we gave you birth
We gave you God, we gave you Earth
We fem the future, don’t make it worse
You want the world? Well, what’s it worth?
Emoticons, Decepticons, and Autobots, who twist the plot?
Who shot the sheriff, then fled to Paris
In the darkest hour, spoke truth to power?
Made a fandroid outta yo’ girlfriend
Let’s get caught downtown in the whirlwind
And paint the city pink, paint the city pink
And tuck the pearls in, just in case the world end
And nigga, down dawg
Nigga, move back, take a seat, you were not involved
And hit the mute button, let the vagina have a monologue
Mansplaining, I fold ’em like origami
What’s a wave, baby? This a tsunami
For the culture, I kamikaze, I put my life on a life line
If she the G.O.A.T. now, would anybody doubt it?
If she the G.O.A.T. now, would anybody doubt it?
Do anybody got it? Do anybody got it? I say anybody got it?
Songwriter: Janelle Monáe
Django Jane Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Janelle Monae wears the suit in Django Jane

It’s me taking back the mic. Saying, “Men, patriarchy, you’ve been talking for centuries. I got this. We got this.” I love clever lyrics. As a writer, I’ve always respected other lyricists who are clever in the way that they approach their lyrics.

Shout out to Pussy Riot. They are a Russian band from Moscow. They’re a protest punk band, and they’ve been deeply inspirational to me. They’ve been jailed because they are fighting for women’s rights and the LGBTQI community. They are the shit to me, period. And the pussy diet … it can mean a couple things. Pussy diet could also mean, it’s time for you to let women create. Let us work, let us have opportunities. It’s not that we’re not out there, ready to work at a high level, and be in these meeting rooms and these boardrooms.

It’s like, get on a women’s diet. Stop listening to just your bros all the time. We have a lot to contribute, and I think that progress is happening, but it’s a little too slow for my pace. So it can mean that, or it can literally mean, if people want to do a protest ‘cause they’ve done it before in culture, where women just use it as a bargaining tool. I don’t personally believe in using a pleasure that I enjoy as a bargaining tool, I don’t need to suppress my pleasures to protest, nor would I be with a guy who wasn’t fighting for my rights or someone who wasn’t invested like me. So it can mean a lot of things, I like to kind of keep it up to your interpretation.”

 (~Janelle Monáe speaking about her song Django Jane)

“The Vagina Monalogue” in Django Jane by Janelle Monae

I have an organization called Fem the Future, and it’s to help create more opportunities for women in music, in entertainment, in film, ‘cause that’s where I have my footing. It’s to create more mentorship programs, and to give women these opportunities. It’s not like we’re not there, we just need the opportunities. So I’m saying, where I am, together with the help of men and women, my organization, we’re trying our best to make sure that women feel seen and feel heard and they’re in these spaces, they’re in these board rooms, they’re helping make these decisions. Because if you don’t put the woman’s voice in the room, you’re not thinking about mirroring a world that exists, and women and men are here. We’re in the world to coexist and work together.

It gets deeper, I mean, we also talk about how in the workplace, when women are in charge, sexual harassment, abuse, all that goes down when we’re in these rooms and when you’re listening to us. So I think it was saying that we’re trying to do something positive. We’re trying to make some steps. Don’t make it worse, don’t fuck it up. You’ve had how many centuries to rule and to reign and to have patriarchy be the voice? Let us be great. Let us contribute. Or, not let us, but we’re gonna be doing this. So you can either get on board, or get off the ship.”

(~Janelle Monáe

To Find out more, check out: http://www.femfuture.com

Mona Haydar is a (Girl Power Academy) featured Barbarian Hip Hop Artist recommendation:

Mona Haydar (photo from Barbarian video) June 2018

I was reading a review of Mona Haydar’s current video, “Barbarian” from the Muslim Vibe, written by a man. He said she was selling the struggle to neo-liberals.  He said just like how it was cool to be anti-racist in France back in the 80’s, Mona was turning decolonization into a printable t-shirt.  He seemed indignant she was making her own money as if she’d finally won her case for reparations or something.  He didn’t like her privilege and said he’d wait and see if she put her money where her mouth was.  Because if she fails to literally save the world, she’s just another capitalist bragging on her success pandering to the institutions founded on white supremacy.  

He commented on her fair skin and accused her of not being black enough, as well as apparently she isn’t doing enough as a de-colonizer by being a Muslim Syrian-American feminist.

It was like her Hijab didn’t pass his Hijab standards…

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Find out more about Mona Haydar here: a Girl Power Academy: Mona Haydar (part 1)

The Mona Haydar “Barbarian” (Music Video) is being posted here for NO COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.

— D E C O L O N I Z E — Western standards of beauty currently dominate our world because we still live in the imperial model which continues to colonize and enslave. We resist white supremacy, “western” superiority and colonized ways of thinking and being by LOVING ourselves, generously, beautifully and joyfully in spite of any active or subliminal efforts to make us feel unworthy of love and life. If drones dropping bombs and a war economy are civilized then we are proudly not that. We are BEAUTIFUL BARBARIANS, selflessly savage and uncivilized. We eat with our hands. We smell like the spices we love to eat. We love the Earth tenderly as part of ourselves, not separate, not a thing to simply profit from. We love our hair, our noses, our skin and our own ways of thinking and being. We take back terms like barbarian, savage and uncivilized and wear them proudly as we honor our ancestors. We serve Creator by living in harmony with our selves recognizing that we are completely interconnected and in a state of interbeing, always.

Love – always, Mona

Producers: James Bunton and Corron Cole, Stylist: Feda Eid, Art Direction: Tahereh Mafi, Make up: Shabana Syed, Director: Hadeel Hadidi, Outfitters: Culture Hijabs, Lola’s Urban Vintage Zamarut Jewelry, Final Edit: Jude Chehab

Mona Haydar“Barbarian” LYRICS:

If they’re civilized, I’d rather stay savage

We them barbarians Beautiful and scaring them

Earth shakin rattling Be wild out loud again

We them barbarians Jasmine and Frankincense

Feminine invading them Beautiful Barbarians

Say it again Beautiful barbarian Say it again Beautiful barbarian

A beast before, now, they wanna be wearin my skin We don’t let them win

We beautiful barbarians

Lemme think back, I remember days

On these big lips, oh they used to hate Now the script flipped Oh, hayy!

They gotta lipkit Kylie J One hunnit, real talk, that’s what I’m on If I’m a savage, then you’re a fraud

My chains off won’t be long see me glowing Look at God

So fresh and so eloquent, uh I keep it humble and elegant, ah Your beauty standard irrelevant A revolution is so imminent We keep it joyful and bedouin I see my momma as evidence, ah Nobody needs your benevolence, wha?? Feminist planet is imminent, ahh.

We them barbarians Beautiful and scaring them

Earth shakin rattling Be wild out loud again

We them barbarians Jasmine and Frankincense

Feminine invading them Beautiful Barbarians Say it again Beautiful barbarian Say it again Beautiful barbarian

A beast before, now, they wanna be wearin my skin

We don’t let them win We beautiful barbarians Barbarian? that’s how you really feel? Like you didn’t start war over oil fields? Opium, poppy seed. Money moves, Cardi B. Tried to make me hate me for my hips and nose Now they got imposters, on a spread in Vogue Not a single feature That they let us own Oh they packin fillers Styrofoam Ultralight beam metaphysical, huhn Power no longer invisible, huhn Your beauty standard is cynical, oh A revolution is so critical Power so deep and so mystical They say the personal is so political, oh Women our future is winnable We gotta be indivisible This nose, decolonize This hair, decolonize This body, decolonize This mind, decolonized.